This Valentine’s Day, our brick and mortar was burglarized. Our owner, Aaron Hopkins-Johnson posted this on his Facebook profile and Twitter this morning:
“The store was burglarized last night. Electronics, jewelry, window, the cash till and employees’ pay are gone. I feel absolutely devastated and sick. But we aren’t going to give up. Who robs a bookstore?”
These types of events take a long time to recover from, and we are taking necessary steps to make sure this does not happen again and we need your help!
For those of you that live in Phoenix or the surrounding area and have some cash, simply shop in our store this weekend. Friends of the store started a cash mob event on Facebook that will make a huge impact on our recovery.
Book donations can be done inside the store, and we are happy to give you credit for books. This credit can be used to obtain a lot of handmade crafts, local music, used books and zines.
For authors that live out of town, we would love if you sent us chapbooks, books, music, ANYTHING to sell in our shop!
Mail your stuff to
ATTN: Stop Gnome Theft Campaign
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N 5th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Lastly, if you want to make an anonymous donation, you may join our KICKASSSTARTER! Do so securely from anywhere on the planet right here:
We have already noticed a huge increase in interest in helping our store out, and we are thankful for everything people have done so far to reach out and pitch in. We need to get some security equipment to deter this kind of thing from happening again, and to help catch people that have the gall to do this in the future. We barely make ends meet most of the time, and we have a lot of volunteers and employees that make the magic happen every single day that depend on this place. With you help, we can keep our doors open, continue to provide free all-ages entertainment and put on stellar campaigns for people that need support.